"A Faithful Attempt" is designed to showcase a variety of K-12 art lessons, the work of my art students, as well as other art-related topics. Projects shown are my take on other art teacher's lessons, lessons found in books or else designed by myself.
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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Big Puffy Fish

Another school year underway! 
I have tons of photos of new projects- just need to find the time to start editing them all! The first couple weeks back is always such a crazy busy time as teachers and students all know!!

First up: Big Puffy Fish created by Grade 4/5 students. I have a new display mini-room attached to my art room, so wanted to fill it with a 3D project. I used large sheets of white paper from a big paper roll (the kind schools have to cover bulletin boards, etc)  I pulled off a long sheet, and folded it in half. I did this for each student. They each ended up with a folded piece of paper about 24" wide or so. We looked at pictures of different types of fish, They could choose to do a realistic one or create a fantasy one. Then, on one side of their folded paper, they drew their fish- really big. Then, they traced over the lines with a black wax crayon. They then took this drawing, and held it up to a window, and traced the design onto the other side. So then we had a perfect two-sided fish.

They added first accent lines with oil pastels, then used tempera paint (in the puck/disc style) to paint the fish. One class we painted one side, then the second class the other side. Once each fish was dry, students did what I call a 'bubble cut' around their fish, meaning they left a 1" border of white paper around the edges. I stapled all around this, leaving a bit of space for stuffing. Students stuffed their fish using paper towels. Then I stapled them shut, punched a hole at the top, and the kids tied a long piece of yarn through the hole for hanging purposes.

Here's the first drawing stage with the black wax crayon...

One side painted and drying....

Finished works- had to photograph them on the floor because they were so big!

side view to capture the 3D effect

Monday, August 18, 2014

Robot Collage

This was an end of the year project that uses up all those scrap colored papers 
we Art Teachers keep/store/hoard all year long!
Grade 3 students reviewed/discussed symmetry and I showed them how to fold small pieces of paper 
and then cut out a shape. The folding keeps the shape perfectly symmetrical. 

Use a glue stick to glue everything onto a contrasting colored piece of background paper. 
I encouraged students to glue all the parts of the robot slightly apart to give it that jointed robot feel. 

Friday, August 1, 2014

Ladybugs in the Grass

This is a super cute summer collage project that I found HERE on Artsonia.
They're from Art teacher Kate Sakowski from Peter Muschal Elementary School in New Jersey.

Grade 1 students started off by looking at Google images of ladybugs on the Smartboard. One child asked "Do we have to make them red?, so then I asked, "Well, I wonder if they come in different colors?" We Googled it and sure enough, ladybugs come in a range of colors including yellow, orange, blue, pink, brown and the most common, red. I had no clue they came in such a variety of colors!

Students started off my tearing a piece of brown construction paper for the 'dirt' and gluing it to a background color (for the sky, basically). Then students cut up strips of grass from two different colors of green paper. We discuss how this gives 'variety' to the artwork and helps make it more interesting.

Then students made an oval template on a small piece of cardstock and used that to trace onto colored paper of their choice. This helps keep all the ladybugs relatively the same size. Then they used a black crayon (marker would be better) to color in the head and spots.

All the ladybugs get glued onto the grass and finally the six legs are drawn on. 
I really think these are so adorable!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Inside-Out Seascapes

This is a great lesson I found in a 2007 edition of "Arts & Activities" magazine. It was created by Art Teacher Judy Kalil from Florida. It's a seascape lesson with a twist- the seascape is inside the underwater creature's body, so it's super fun and imaginative for students!

I've done this lesson both as a watercolor and with colored pencils (perfect for a sub lesson). 

So students started off by researching and choosing an underwater creature to draw. Fish are more or less the simplest and most popular, but you can also look at whales, sharks, octopuses, etc.
Draw the main outline/shape of the body. Don't add any details inside the body other than an eye and a mouth. Draw some sand along the bottom of the ocean and a few little seascape-y accessories.

Inside the body, draw the main details of the seascape. We brainstormed ideas of what one might find in a seascape (boats, pirate ships, islands, palm trees, coral, etc.) to help give a starting point.

Once the drawing is complete, outline everything with a permanent black marker/pen.

Next class period: crack open the watercolors! 
We painted the inside seascape first and then the background last. 

Completed watercolor examples:

Colored pencil examples:

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